Saturday, October 05, 2019
Friday, October 04, 2019
AmConMag: Marion Maréchal’s Populism is the Future of the French Right By Scott McConnell
An important convention highlights the changing character of French conservatism—and France itself.
And there is a part of France—Catholic, highly educated, patriotic, with historic loyalties to the France that predated the Revolution—that may be growing in influence in reaction to the progressive onslaught.
A recent work on the new French Right, “Le vieux monde est de retour,” describes a youthful Catholic intellectual resurgence, a reaction against the slogans of May 1968—everything is possible, free love, marriage for everyone, mass immigration—that have more or less governed their lives. This is the kind of conservatism of Marion Maréchal’s circle, and it includes many who supported the openly Catholic, avowedly conservative, proudly bourgeois François Fillon in the last election. He was the center-right candidate and likely victor until his campaign imploded amidst reports of a no-show parliamentary job held by his wife and other charges of personal corruption. Implicitly Maréchal’s argument is that however meaningful the divide between the respectable Right of Gaullist or bourgeois parties and the extreme Right of Jean-Marie Le Pen might have been, its rationale has evaporated. Her aunt has made the extreme Right more or less respectable; mass immigration has rendered it necessary.
Thursday, October 03, 2019
Centre-right parties in the West should learn from the success of their Eastern European counterparts. It is not enough to sound populist economic themes. Given the changing nature of their electoral base, centre-right parties need to deliver economic policies that benefit the working class. Only by doing so can they fend off the Elizabeth Warrens and Bernie Sanderses, along with far-right insurgents.
Matthew Schmitz thinks that if only the oligarchs would align their policies in a way that would benefit the middle and working classes, we won't have to worry about the rise of a scary alt-right or the Democrats.
Head tucked in the sand? Or something else tucked in?
Not sure if her Canto was best among her TVB peers in the 90s but it does sound better than the Canto of a lot of the celebs today.
Wednesday, October 02, 2019
This is a sick system stripped of humanity, and one way (there are many others in the book) to begin an overdue reform is to return, as I argued, to a married episcopate so that these men who are made bishop come from in-tact families and themselves remain human beings molded, humbled, and humanized by having children of their own whose very presence will give hierarchs an otherwise missing element of basic sympathy when confronted with child sex abuse victims.
Tuesday, October 01, 2019
Monday, September 30, 2019
How about looking at the negatives or the malefits that immigrants bring?
If your priority in a dangerous situation is to transport a baby out of danger, the only thing tactical you will be doing is fleeing (or hiding). So according to those criteria, how does it measure?
One of the highlights of my life. I felt encouraged, consoled and inspired by the Holy Father today. And his time with me, in the middle of a busy day and a busy life, seems a clear sign of his deep pastoral care for LGBT Catholics and LGBT people worldwide. (Foto@VaticanMedia). pic.twitter.com/1BeaiVh0Q4— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) September 30, 2019
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Rorate Caeli: 2-Ton "Woke" Addition to Saint Peter's Square: Saint Migrants and Saint Virtue-Signalling